“Colonel P.” Memorial Golf Tournament
Seton School’s annual “Colonel P.” Memorial Golf Tournament is hosted by the Seton Athletic Boosters and honors Colonel Michael Pennefather (affectionately known as “Colonel P.”), beloved deceased Seton teacher and coach. Colonel Pennefather, who past away in 1998, loved teaching and coaching students at Seton. He had a profound impact on many youths – changing their lives because he cared for them. To view more information about the Colonel P Memorial Golf Tournament click here.
In addition to the golf tournament the legacy of Colonel Pennefather lives on with a college scholarship for a graduating male and female student-athlete exemplifying the values espoused and demonstrated by Colonel P. Funds for this scholarship, as well as for the many other good works of the Seton Athletic Program come from the proceeds of the “Colonel P.” Memorial Golf Tournament, the only fund-raiser of the program.
In part through Seton Athletics’ efforts we have a school full of happy, healthy wholesome students who we want to stay that way by keeping them active and involved in athletics. However most profound are the many life lessons student-athletes learn through a commitment to Seton Sports.
An excellent resource to further your understanding of the positive impact of Seton Athletics on our student-athletes is: What Good Are Seton Athletics?
Annual Fund Raiser Supports Seton Student-Athletes
Proceeds from the “Colonel P.” Memorial Golf Tournament annual fund raiser helps offset the day-to-day operating expenses of the Athletic Program such as field rental, referees, equipment, transportation, and uniforms. Additionally, each year the tournament committee seeks to provide a gift to the Athletic Program – needed items that the Athletic Program could not otherwise obtain, and would benefit the student-athlete.
Past gifts include:
• A 15 passenger activity bus for team transportation to away matches.
• Ice maker in gymnasium for injuries and cool water for athletes during games.
• Financial assistance for soccer and lacrosse teams to practice and host matches at the privately-owned Grizzly Sports Complex facility’s turf fields which offers a less time-restrictive and superior playing environment to the public park fields previously utilized.
• A needed second scoreboard in gymnasium.
• Replacing 25 year-old lights in the gymnasium with a much brighter, more functional, and energy efficient lighting system. As this space is a multipurpose facility and in constant use by the school the efficient lighting system saves hundreds of dollars each month in electricity costs and benefits the entire school.
• Conquistador logo-emblazoned padded chairs for the home and visiting teams as well as for officials at the scorers table for volleyball and basketball.
Sponsors and Donors of the 20th Annual Colonel P. Memorial Golf Tournament
We are so grateful to the generous sponsors and donors of the 20th Annual Colonel P. Memorial Golf Tournament recognized below! We took a leap of faith 20 years ago with the inaugural Colonel P. Golf Tournament in hopes of off-setting costs for a growing Athletics Program. From that first tournament at Prince William Golf Course where we had just under 100 golfers and profited $5,000, we have been blessed the last three years with having to close our registration due to record numbers and made over $20,000 each year!
Back in 2000, we had a few athletic teams break into the state tournament final four. Since then, we have won state championships in multiple sports! All this from a small independent Catholic School that depends on volunteer coaches, parents to transport teams to games, and renting practice and game venues. Certainly the proceeds and support from the golf tournament donors and sponsors have been a driving force in the overall success of the Seton Sports Program!
Your support of this year’s golf tournament aids in offsetting the Athletic Department’s basic no-frills operating expenses. As we are both a junior and senior high school, we field teams for up to three levels (Varsity, JV, and Jr. High) with a total of 11 varsity sports. That adds up to a lot of teams and considerable operating expenses. Additionally, our tournament honors Colonel Michael Pennefather by a modest scholarship awarded to a graduating senior boy and girl who strongly demonstrate their Faith in daily life, in athletics, and through service to the Seton community. Lastly, thanks to you, we are able to offset expenses for the rental of the Grizzley Sports Complex which allows our teams to have a much needed turf field venue for practices during late winter and early spring when other county fields are not available!
The goal of the Seton Sports Program is the formation of the entire person: body, mind, heart, and soul. At Seton, student athletes are trained and encouraged to commit themselves to God, family, academics, and athletics. The character formation that occurs during this process is of primary importance to the Seton Sports Program. Thank you very much for generously contributing to our 20th Annual Colonel P. Memorial Golf Tournament!
Go Seton! AMDG, Dan Vander Woude